With September coming to an end, it won’t be long before we are wanting to cozy in for the night beside a crackling fire. Although messy – and lots more work – nothing really beats the smells and sounds of a wood burning fire, am I right?
You may remember earlier this summer when I removed the old screen from our fireplace (you can read that post here). Now that the cooler weather is moving in, I’m in the market for a new screen, and I think I have narrowed it down to three options…
I like the simplicity and compact size of the first two, but the doors on the third would make tending to the fire a bit easier. That said, I think I’m leaning toward the second option – I like the traditional feel of that one. Which one do you like?
We have also been talking about making a few cosmetic changes to the fireplace itself, because I want it to make more of a statement in the room. I have loved the look and feel of the fireplace in this picture forever
I’m thinking with some simple trim and a couple of coats of white paint on the portion of wall above the mantel, we could achieve the same casual, country-ish feel. I considered installing planks for a shiplap look, but with this room being so long and narrow I don’t want to accentuate that with more horizontal lines, so I like the idea of something vertical that will draw your eye up instead of out.
Next is the mantel. I am at a crossroads as to what to do with ours. At only 5 ½ inches deep, it’s more of a ledge really. That’s why you don’t see me changing up the mantel too often – not much fits up there. When we first looked at the house, I envisioned something like the mantel in this picture
Which I still love the look of, but I just can’t decide if it’s right for our house. Jordan and I were discussing it the other night, and we both agreed to stick with the white, but then I see that picture and…
Regardless, of whether we leave it painted or go with something more rustic, a mantel with a bit more depth might be nice. But do I want to completely change the look of our whole fireplace? I’m not sure I do – this mantel is original to the house, and that has its own charms.
And then there’s the hearth. I don’t think those tiles are original, and I’m not sure what would have been there, but I would love to do something like the brick in this picture (that fireplace screen is similar to the second option above too)
I would love to get this little fireplace makeover done in time for Christmas. Fingers crossed we can make that happen. What do you think of our plans so far?